Monday, December 10, 2012

Mare's Nest

By Lesley Kagen

This may be Lesley Kagen’s most important novel. It is based on a true story, her own story.

I am a longtime fan of Lesley Kagen and all of her books. I am not a horse-person, because my life never offered the opportunity. However, I learned much from this very well written book.

In this special novel, Lesley takes us into the world of horses. She writes not only about caring for horses and riding them. She also delves into horse training, and the arena of showing and competing. Lesley further explores and exposes the effects of this upon the people involved, and their relationships.

Annie, the main character, deals with her own lifelong issues of anxiety and struggles with depression. As a mother, she tries to protect her daughter, Teddy, from the pains of the world, including the arena of show horses. Teddy is determined to follow in her mother’s footsteps. The story of Annie, Teddy, and their relationship is beautifully told. The layered story of the world of competitive horse showing was fascinating and very real.

This is a most brave and beautiful novel. I highly recommend Lesley’s Mare’s Nest, as I do all of her novels. She is wonderful.


  1. This sounds like a good one, McGuffy Ann! Stories based on real life experiences are the best, and mother-daughter relationships always provide good reading. I don't know a great deal about showing horses either, so it sounds like this would be a great way to learn! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Josie, Lesley's books are amazing, as is she. I really think you would especially enjoy the mother-daughter aspect here. Thanks.